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Manhattan Holds Off Liberty 2-1

September 9, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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The Manhattan Jaspers scored their second goal of contest during the 58th minute to snap a 1-1 tie, and then held off a relentless Liberty attack for a 2-1 win, Sunday afternoon at Osborne Stadium.

Despite being outshot by Liberty 12-9 in the contest, Manhattan goalkeeper Marcellin Gohier's strong play, including several key saves in the second half, allowed the visiting Jaspers to come away with the victory.

Liberty drops to 3-3 on the year. Manhattan, who received votes in the national polls last week, moves to 5-1.

Scoring Summary
7' – MAN – Lucas Da Silva (assisted by Thomas Hitchins and Tristan Doran
13' – LIBERTY – Kevin Mendoza (penalty kick)
58' – MAN - Berti Fourrier (assisted by Brandon Joseph-Buadi)

Turning Point
With the Jaspers leading 2-1 during the 75th minute, Liberty had two scoring chances stopped by Manhattan keeper Macellin Gohier. Off a corner kick, Flames forward Tresor Mbuyu fired a shot from the right corner of the 18-yard box which Gohier was able to block with his left hand and deflect out of play. On the ensuing corner kick, defender Isidoro Garcia was able to pounce on a loose ball at the left post, but was forced to shoot wide right by Gohier.

Key Stats & Notes

  • Today's match was the first ever meeting between Liberty and Manhattan.
  • The setback was the first at Osborne Stadium for the Flames, this season (2-1).
  • After the Jaspers took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, Liberty's Kevin Mendoza scored on penalty kick during the 13th minute to tie the contest. The Flames were awarded the kick after a Manhattan defender pulled down Nico Bellarde in the 18-yard box.
  • Mendoza's goal is his second of the season and now has seven points on the year. With the goal, Mendoza mover into third in the ASUN Conference in points.
  • Liberty goalkeeper Brogan Engbers recorded two saves in the contest, while Manhattan keeper Macellin Gohier made six saves, including four in the second half.
  • The Flames had a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.
  • Manhattan scored the go ahead goal in transition during the 58th minute. Forward Brandon Joseph-Buadi pushed a pass forward from the top of the box to the left side for an open Berti Fourrier, who netted his third goal of the year.
  • Mendoza led the Flames with three shots on goal.

Up Next
Liberty will travel to DeLand, Fla., for its first ever ASUN Conference match on Thursday. The Flames will face the Stetson Hatters at the Stetson Athletic Training Center. Match time is scheduled for 7 p.m.